Prevention of mother to child transmission of hepatitis B infection
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- Geeta, M.G. & Riyaz, A. Indian Pediatr (2013) 50: 189. doi:10.1007/s13312-013-0062-8
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The likelihood of developing chronic hepatitis B infection and its complications is most when infection is transmitted vertically. Awareness of the current recommendations for managing babies of mothers who are hepatitis B carriers is not universal, resulting in failure of follow up, despite the serious long term implications, including development of hepatic carcinoma. We review the current guidelines of managing babies born to mothers who are Hepatitis B carriers.